Welcome to Zurich International School

Welcome to Zurich International School (ZIS), where 1,450 students learn and develop in a challenging and nurturing multicultural environment. ZIS is comprised of four campuses and has over 55 nationalities and 40 mother-tongue languages represented in the school community. Founded in 1963, ZIS celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2013/14 school year and has a long history of educational excellence in the Zurich area.

Learn, Care, Challenge, Lead are the cornerstones of ZIS’ mission and philosophy.

We believe these principles:

  • Define our commitment to education as well as the aspirations we have for our students. They depend upon and are indispensable to each other.
  • Prepare the development of the whole child so students are able to impact the future positively with the skills necessary to be successful as leaders, risk takers, and innovators.
  • Provide the structure for courageous leadership in order to challenge what others would have us take for granted and to serve, reach out to, and care for those less fortunate.
  • Force us to challenge cherished assumptions or accepted patterns of thought unless we have engaged in disciplined learning and understanding first.
  • Are fundamental to education in times which are turbulent and challenging, but which also afford significant opportunities for enduring change.

What makes ZIS unique?

  • ZIS is the oldest accredited school in the Zurich area.
  • ZIS is able to offer large school "opportunities" in small learning communities.
  • ZIS graduates are consistently admitted to the best universities in the world.
  • ZIS has over 250 highly experienced and qualified professionals.
  • ZIS goes out of its way to meet the learning needs of each student and promote the development of individual learning pathways.
  • ZIS parents play an integral role in our school community, where they are partners in their children’s education.
  • ZIS has an active Parents’ Association (PA), which contributes outstandingly to the warm and welcoming family environment characteristic of our school.

How can I learn more about ZIS?

  • Arrange a visit to one of ZIS’ four campuses, all easily accessible and in close proximity to Zurich
  • Talk to students, parents, teachers or administrators
  • And most important, if you have a question, let us know how we can help, we want to hear from you!

I look forward to welcoming you and your family to ZIS.

Dr. Jeff Paulson, ZIS Director

Dr. Jeff Paulson
ZIS Director


Congratulations to the 134 students who graduated from ZIS at a special ceremony at the Upper School.
ZIS students achieved excellent results in math, reading and writing in an internationally-recognized assessment, gaining better results in all categories when compared to averages for other schools.
Service is an important part of the ZIS program. Students and teachers who took part in a service trip to a school in Ghana reflect on the experience and the impact it had on them.

About Us

With more than 1,450 students at four unique campuses, ZIS offers an extensive educational program with all the benefits of size but the intimacy of smaller settings.



We know that choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you can make for your child. Our Admissions Team is here to help and guide you through the process.


Learning at ZIS

At ZIS we recognize the unique and diverse nature of our students. That’s why accommodating the individual learning needs of each and every student remains our highest priority.


Student Life

Co-curricular activities challenge our students’ personal, social and physical development and encourage a greater passion for learning. Opportunities range from the arts to sports to outreach and service work and beyond.



ZIS has four unique campuses offering a personal experience to each of our students. Whether it is an old villa or one of our modern buildings, ZIS offers an age-appropriate environment for your child’s learning.



The ZIS community extends beyond our students and includes ZIS families, alumni, faculty and staff, corporate partners, neighbors and friends.



Once a member of our community, always a part of our family around the world! Our alumni include former students, former parents and former faculty and staff. At ZIS we welcome our alumni’s engagement and strive to help you stay connected with your ZIS.


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Admissions - Prospective Families
+41 (0) 58 750 2531
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Main Office
+41 (0) 58 750 2500
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Early Chlldhood Center
+41 (0) 58 750 2250
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Lower School, Wadenswil Campus
+41 (0) 58 750 2200
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Middle School, Kilchberg Campus
+41 (0) 58 750 2300
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Upper School
+41 (0) 58 750 2400
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